basketball The Best Current NBA Centers  

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List Rules Only current NBA centers. No retired or collegiate players

The best current NBA centers aren't just the best men in the National Basketball Association to play the five position the best but also among the overall best current NBA Players. These pivot players are often times the stars of their respective NBA teams as they sink the shots from in the paint, grab the rebounds, and set screens. While we could argue all day about whether the center position is the most important on a basketball team, few will disagree that these men are the best centers currently in the NBA in 2017-2018.

While DeMarcus Cousins might be the overwhelming favorite, that doesn't mean there are not many other great NBA centers in the league today. Marc Gasol, DeAndre Jordan, Joakim Noah, Al Jefferson, and Hassan Whiteside all come to mind as the best centers in the NBA today. So do the likes of Karl-Anthony Towns, Brook Lopez, Joel Embiid, and Al Horford.

Not just the top five centers in the NBA, this list has all the current players at this position. So whether you're a fan of the superstars like Howard and Cousins or the great centers that don't get as much love, like Rudy Gobert, Robin Lopez, and Steven Adams, each is quite valuable to their respective teams. Who do you think is the best current NBA center? Vote below, add more players or re-rank this list in your order, all below! When you're done ranking here, head over and rank the best wing players in the NBA too!

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1,778 895
DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
DeMarcus Cousins New Orleans Pelicans

2
1,416 483
Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Karl Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves

3
887 1,502
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies

4
976 762
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons

5
875 917
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Al Horford Boston Celtics

6
892 1,124
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers

7
812 1,401
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Dwight Howard Charlotte Hornets

8
1,056 542
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz

9
868 712
Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
NicolasAvellaEscandon added Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat

10
936 368
Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Steven Adams Oklahoma City Thunder

11
843 219
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Nikola Jokic Denver Nuggets

12
1,230 221
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans

13
724 62
Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
LaSagnaBall added Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers

14
403 824
Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Brook Lopez Los Angeles Lakers

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15
441 689
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Pau Gasol San Antonio Spurs

16
442 392
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Jonas Valančiūnas Toronto Raptors

17
383 469
Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
surag added Nikola Vučević Orlando Magic

18
294 1,076
Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Joakim Noah New York Knicks

20
238 694
Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Tyson Chandler Phoenix Suns

21
262 719
Al Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Al Jefferson Indiana Pacers

22
405 311
Enes Kanter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Enes Kanter New York Knicks

The Best Current Wing Players in the NBA

23
252 484
Greg Monroe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Greg Monroe Milwaukee Bucks

24
262 505
Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Marcin Gortat Washington Wizards

25
382 49
Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Clint Capela Houston Rockets

26
405 160
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Kevin Love Cleveland Cavaliers

27
200 643
Roy Hibbert is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Roy Hibbert Denver Nuggets

28
301 199
Jusuf Nurkić is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Jusuf Nurkić Portland Trail Blazers

29
330 108
Myles Turner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Myles Turner Indiana Pacers

The Best Current NBA Passers

30
219 416
Nenê is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Nenê Houston Rockets

31
270 394
JaVale McGee is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JaVale McGee Golden State Warriors

32
150 372
Andrew Bogut is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Andrew Bogut Los Angeles Lakers

33
204 254
Nerlens Noel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Nerlens Noel Dallas Mavericks

34
252 229
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Tristan Thompson Cleveland Cavaliers

35
231 111
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Michael Rogers added Serge Ibaka Toronto Raptors

36
154 224
Jahlil Okafor is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Jahlil Okafor Philadelphia 76ers

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137 225
Robin Lopez is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Robin Lopez Chicago Bulls

38
132 135
Willie Cauley-Stein is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Willie Cauley-Stein Sacramento Kings

39
70 296
Ömer Aşık is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Ömer Aşık New Orleans Pelicans

40
96 167
Bismack Biyombo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Bismack Biyombo Orlando Magic

41
104 269
Zaza Pachulia is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Zaza Pachulia Golden State Warriors

42
66 80
Aron Baynes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
igor88 added Aron Baynes

43
114 148
Kelly Olynyk is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Kelly Olynyk Miami Heat

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94 174
Alex Len is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Alex Len Phoenix Suns

45
86 240
Timofey Mozgov is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Timofey Mozgov Brooklyn Nets

46
75 155
Frank Kaminsky is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Frank Kaminsky Charlotte Hornets

47
68 151
Gorgui Dieng is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Gorgui Dieng Minnesota Timberwolves

48
55 133
Cody Zeller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Rusty Shackelford added Cody Zeller Charlotte Hornets

49
98 56
Derrick Favors is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Derrick Favors Utah Jazz

50
94 62
Thon Maker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
igor88 added Thon Maker